Thanks to a question posted on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, Deng Fei, a Chinese journalist and social activist, is shedding light on the pollution running in China’s rivers.
On Chinese New Year, Fei asked a simple question: “What is the river like in you hometown?” and the pics that the social network users uploaded, hundreds of them, show just how polluted they are. Many Weibo users blame nearby factories or local residents for polluting the rivers.
Weibo User Li Yan from Yichang in the Hubei province uploaded the pic above followed by this comment:
The picture I sent in is of a canal in my community, which flows into the Yangtze River [Editor’s Note: the Yangtze River is the longest river in all of Asia]. The canal is littered with garbage. The residents along the canal throw the garbage and emit waste water into it directly. During the summer, after it rains, the water stinks terribly. People who live near the canal cannot open their windows. Old people tell us that in the past it was heavenly – they caught fish and could swim in the canal.
Recently, an entreprenuer from Zheijian made a 200,000 yuan offer to the local environment protection burau chief if he swam for 20 minutes in the local river. The river, as shown below, is full of garbage.